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Christmas Ornament work in progress and new purchases

I decided to treat my self to some Prairie Schooler Autumn Patterns and some lovely silk thread by Dinky Dyes, I just love using silk thread! The work in progress is a My Big Toe Designs Christmas Ornament from the Just Cross Stitch Ornaments Magazine 2008, stitched 1 over 1 on 25 count Dublin Lugana using DMC threads 315, 520 and 803. I am also stitching a Christmas Ornament for the Hooked on Exchange Group Too but I cannot post a picture until it has been received by my partner.

I have only just started using linen and I would really appreciate some tips. I would love to know what everyone’s favourite linen fabric is, what stitch count you like best and if there is any particular color that you could not do without? I have heard that Legacy Linen is really nice to work with but I don’t think I can get it in the United Kingdom. Does anyone particularly use this make?

Any comments greatly appreciated!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. October 24, 2008 / 7:52 pm

    Great purchases! I like very much your ornament! You have done a good job with it! I never stitched any of “My Big Toe” designs by I’m waiting for “Serenity Prayer” to arrive in the mail anytime soon. I love her design and I surely will stitch this particular ornament before Christmas!!!

    Regarding linen, I’m more an evenwave kind of stitcher than linen, but time to time I use it, in particular when I want an antique feel to the project. Mostly, I use raw linen in that case. I prefer 28 counts but 32 counts is more easy to find (at least for me)!

  2. October 25, 2008 / 8:35 pm

    972lovely blog and great work.

    from Israel